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RATINGS: 844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Award-winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Aleģ is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Aleģ is aged for up to six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentuckyís finest distilleries. Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels. Pleasantly smooth and robust, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale may also be served as an aperitif or after-dinner drink. Launched in 2006, it has grown to become the flagship beer of the premier name in barrel-aged beers: Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Another beer sent to me by bluesandbarbq (thanks Lou!) on a small trade. This one was a really nice beer, but didnít resemble much of an amber ale, but it picked up a ton of the bourbon characteristics. Perhaps using a style as weak as an amber ale was the whole reason behind this beer, and it really worked. The aroma is huge bourbon notes, vanilla, some soft caramel, and very light alcohol notes. Body is the color of cream soda, clear with a rocky off-white cap. Flavor is bourbon and apple juice, some buttered bread with a ton of sweetness still there. If you are looking to get a fix of a bourbon beer, this fits the bill nicely.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Clear orange body; minimal head. Aroma - bourbon barrel, oranges. Light hoppy bitterness; wood. Lots of bourbon in flavor, of course. Very light carbonation. Tasty, quite powerful. Itís a little bit simple and one dimensional, but I still think this is a little underrated.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Hazy gold pour, thin white head fizzles away. Vanilla extract and oak marry poorly, leaving an overly sweet, cloying, bourbon nose. Overly sweet, hot flavor of malt and bourbon. Way too simple, thin, and un-enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gespuccian (8) - Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2009 does not count
Had a bottle at Cheapside Bar & Grill in Lexington, KY... Clear amber in color, thin white head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Mouth was smooth and relatively light. Bourbon is noticeable, but there was a strong vanilla taste with it. Very drinkable for the ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11352) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lingering off white head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla and light carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3858) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2009
I agree that this is underrated. Light color--I didnít know this was an amber, but I could clearly tell that they were using just a basic ale base and then giving it the bourbon barrel treatment. An intense burst of bourbon--not a ton of wood, but lots of bourbon with a strong vanilla note. ABV is not much hidden. Frothy pour and palate. MOderate aroma, little dimensionality revealed there. Iím not a huge fan of the frothiness though it helps cover up the underlying thinness of the body. On tap at Brews, Granville, OH.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Tried this on the recommendation of Brian Yaeger, author of "Red, White, and Brew." Itís nice to see a bourbon barrel aged beer other than the massive imperial stouts and such. This beer is a nice clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and oak. Flavor is slightly sweet caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, buttery notes, and a little alcohol. Very well balanced. Body is medium and palate is smooth with medium-low carbonation. An underrated beer, and drinkable for the ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3322) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 28, 2009
growler shared by phaleslu- Thanks Peter! Notes of Apple, wood, caramel, bourbon. nice body. A bit flatter than when fresh, according to peter, but good nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Wow mostly bourbon in the nose. Light toast and caramel, but mostly vanilla and oak, and booze. Pours hazy orange amber, thin foam. Bourbon, vanilla, oak. Its not subtle, but its not hot. Some base beer sweetness, but the base beer was so unassertive that the barrels took most of it away. Its got all the bourbon flavor without the bourbon burn. Some toasted bread and caramel are there if you look REALLY hard. Its actually not as bad as you might think from a brewery that sounds like a cell phone company.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2009
12 oz bottle - Aroma of vanilla, oak barrel wood bourbon and a shot of real whisky. Gold body with thin white head. Flavor has a good vanillla, creamy texture to it along with bourbon. Alright on the palate. Decent brew. Thanks to whomever sent this one to me!


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